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Old December 16th, 2018, 04:42 AM   #741
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Old December 28th, 2018, 02:19 AM   #743
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December 22, 2018
Macao visitor arrivals up 15% after opening of HZMB
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MACAO - Due to the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Macao's visitor arrivals increased by 15.3 percent year-on-year to 3,266,283 in November 2018, the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR)'s statistic department said on Saturday.

The latest report from Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said that overnight visitors (1,589,246) and same-day visitors (1,677,037) rose by 5.1 percent year-on-year and 26.9 percent year-on-year, respectively.

The average length of stay of visitors held steady year-on-year at 1.2 days, with that of overnight visitors rising by 0.1 day to 2.2 days and that of same-day visitors staying at 0.2 day.

Visitors from the Chinese mainland grew by 15.3 percent year-on-year to 2,283,628 in November, primarily from Guangdong province (925,414) and Hunan province (115,763). Visitors from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (591,077) surged by 25.6 percent.

Meanwhile, visitors from the United States (22,538), Australia (8,435), Canada (8,261) and Britain (6,448) registered year-on-year increases.

In the first 11 months of 2018, visitor arrivals totaled 32,233,838, up by 9.1 percent year-on-year; overnight visitors (16,751,684) and same-day visitors (15,482,154) grew by 7.2 percent and 11.1 percent respectively. The average length of stay of visitors stayed at 1.2 days, with that of overnight visitors (2.2 days) rising by 0.1 day and that of same-day visitors (0.2 day) remaining unchanged.
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Old December 30th, 2018, 04:05 PM   #744
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Three contractors plead guilty to 27 breaches in fatal industrial accident at Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
2017 incident claimed two lives and injured three, when temporary structure collapsed into sea as workers were dismantling scaffolding
Defence urges court to consider that defendants had already taken responsibility and were unlikely to reoffend

January 9, 2019
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Three contractors for the world’s longest sea crossing linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau have pleaded guilty to 27 breaches of occupational safety following a fatal accident in 2017.

The West Kowloon Court case centred on an industrial mishap that took place under the south viaduct of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on March 29 that year, claiming two lives and leading to three injured.

A temporary support structure had collapsed into the sea while three workers were dismantling an attached metal scaffolding for a barge to pass.

The fall killed two workers, Gurung Anel and Onwuka Okomba Onwuka Uka, while the third, Thapa Paul Benedick, suffered multiple injuries. Two other workers on the deck, Iqbal Fasil and Wu Chung-leung, also fractured their legs after a crossbeam connected to the collapsed structure fell on them.

On Wednesday, the project’s three main contractors – Dragages Hong Kong, China Harbour Engineering Company and VSL Hong Kong – pleaded guilty to nine summonses each before Magistrate Leung Siu-ling.

They were accused of using lifting gear exceeding the safe working load and failing to provide and maintain a safe plant and system of work, as well as falling short of providing the necessary information, instruction, training and supervision for safety.

Prosecutors have withdrawn 21 other summonses due to insufficient evidence.

Ten workers lost their lives during construction of one of the city’s largest infrastructure projects, which started in 2010. At its peak, the construction engaged 1,000 workers and 300 staff members.

An investigation into the present case revealed that the weight of the temporary support structure, at 126.9 tonnes, had exceeded the safe working load of its lifting gears, slings and shackles.

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Old February 8th, 2019, 03:48 AM   #746
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New woes for contractor in mega bridge fake test scandal as fraud allegations emerge over other Hong Kong projects
Various government departments have contacted law enforcement about suspected forged signatures in reports for contracts awarded to Jacobs China
February 8, 2019
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The Hong Kong government has contacted law enforcement about suspected fraud involving the disgraced contractor for a cross-border mega bridge project.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Highways Department were notified in December by an engineering consultancy firm that there may have been breaches in the design phases of the consultancy contracts for some of its ongoing slope improvement projects, the Development Bureau said on Thursday.

The contracts were awarded by the government. The bureau declined to comment further, noting that the cases might involve criminal elements, and said the departments had reported them to law enforcement.

It added that it had finished reviewing all slope design reports from the consultancy firm concerned and had confirmed they met the requirements and there were no safety issues.

“The departments were very concerned about the cases and were examining whether it was necessary to take appropriate regulating actions against the concerned consultant according to the existing mechanism for monitoring the performance of consultants of public works,” the bureau said.

A report by Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily on Thursday identified the firm as Jacobs China Limited.

The article said signatures of third-party engineers in some of the reports Jacobs submitted to the government were suspected to have been forged. The engineers were required to monitor the projects as independent parties.

Jacobs was the firm commissioned by the government to conduct various compliance tests on concrete cubes during the multibillion-dollar construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

In 2017, 19 of its employees were charged for faking test results on the strength of concrete bricks used to build the bridge between 2012 and 2016. Some of them were jailed, while trials for others are ongoing.

In June 2017, the firm was banned from bidding for government contracts for one year following the scandal.
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Old February 18th, 2019, 01:39 PM   #747
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Feb 18, 2019
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Why we must open HZMB to more private motorists

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) has been open to the public since October last year, but its low vehicle flow has raised widespread doubts on the wisdom of current government restrictions on the use of the bridge.

The social and economic benefits brought by the HK$160-billion infrastructure project are beyond dispute.

The 55-kilometer-long mega bridge is a strategic investment that can facilitate a “one-hour living circle” within the Pearl River Delta region.

The HZMB can also foster synergy effects on the social and economic development of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Macau and other mainland cities along the western bank of the Pearl River, thereby greatly facilitating integration within the delta region.

However, in order to achieve this goal, the Hong Kong government must first formulate a proper policy on regulating vehicle flow along the HZMB so as to optimize the use of the bridge by motorists.

In other words, in order to facilitate the flow of people, logistics, capital and information across the 11 cities in the delta area, we need a more proactive and aggressive policy regarding the use of the mega bridge.

The question is, how can we enhance human and logistics flow in the delta region if the vast majority of private vehicles in Hong Kong are not allowed to use the bridge?

Private cars cannot be absent in intercity transport anywhere in the world, as is the case of Beijing and Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou, London and Manchester, and even Singapore and a city in Malaysia.

As far as Hong Kong is concerned, it has already become increasingly common for our local retirees to retreat to mainland cities across the Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area like Zhongshan in recent years.

As such, the HZMB can definitely provide unrivaled transport convenience for their children, and enable them to save a huge amount of time when traveling between Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

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Old April 22nd, 2019, 12:18 PM   #750
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Bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland China proves more popular with Easter visitors than high-speed rail link
Passenger numbers for inward and outbound journeys on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge dwarf rail option
Daily figures for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link below government’s earlier projection

Apr 22, 2019
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More travellers used the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge over the Easter weekend than took the express rail between mainland China and Hong Kong.

According to the Immigration Department, 359,249 inward and outbound travellers used the bridge’s port between Friday and Sunday last week.

During the same period, a total of 233,451 passed through the city’s West Kowloon station on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

Apart from last Friday, when 80,967 passengers used the express rail, daily passenger numbers on Saturday and Sunday fell short of the government’s earlier projection of 80,100. From Friday to Sunday last week, the average passenger flow on the express rail was 77,817.

Despite the opening of the two cross-border links late last year, the border immigration port at Lo Wu remained the most popular option over the Easter holidays.

More than 900,000 visitors had passed through the checkpoint between Friday and Sunday last week – one-fourth of all the people that entered or left the city over those three days.
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Implementation of toll-free policy for small passenger vehicles using Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Main Bridge during Labour Day holidays
Monday, April 29, 2019
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The Transport Department (TD) announced today (April 29) that according to a notification from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Authority, the toll-free policy for small passenger vehicles will be implemented on the HZMB for four consecutive days from 0.00am on May 1 to midnight on May 4. During the period, small passenger vehicles travelling to the Zhuhai or Macao Ports via the Toll Plaza of the HZMB will not be required to pay the toll of RMB150, while the arrangements for small passenger vehicles to pass through the electronic toll lanes (i.e. non-stop) and manual toll lanes (i.e. stop to pay) will remain unchanged. Small passenger vehicles are passenger carrying vehicles with seven seats and less (including the driver's seat), i.e. private cars and hire cars.

The HZMB Main Bridge is located within Mainland waters and the Toll Plaza is also situated in the Mainland. According to the territoriality principle, the HZMB Authority, which is responsible for the operation of the Main Bridge, will implement the Mainland's nationwide toll-free policy on small passenger vehicles during the Labour Day holidays (from May 1 to 4).

The TD spokesman reminded members of the public that if they wish to drive their private cars going to or returning from Zhuhai or Macao, the private car must possess a valid HZMB private car regular quota permit and licences and permits issued by the three governments, or have completed registration for the HZMB Macao Port Park-and-Ride Scheme and obtained a valid permit, including reserving a parking space for the East Car Park of the HZMB Frontier Post at Macao Port.
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